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The e-Collaborative Hub or E-Co Hub is a single-entry online gateway for policy makers, trainers and practitioners to easily access and search for relevant knowledge resources on different aspects of ICT for development (ICTD). There is also a collaborative workspace to discuss views, share ideas and collaborate on projects related to ICTD.

"Information and communications technologies (ICTs) are changing the world by transforming societies and economies. To take advantage of the advancements and applications of ICT, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls on countries to deploy ICT to realize its transformational economic, social and environmental ambitions. ICT is an enabler for enhancing productivity, raising resilience and fostering greater civic engagement, while offering options for effective delivery of public services"

- Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP

 

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Technology and Innovation Report 2018: Harnessing Frontier Technolgoies for Sustainable Development

Technology and Innovation Report 2018: Harnessing Frontier Technolgoies for Sustainable Development

This publication notes that change is becoming exponential thanks to the power of digital platforms and innovative combinations of different technologies that become possible every day. This opens exciting possibilities for the democratization of frontier technologies to materialize in development solutions. The Report proposes strategies and actions, some of them based on existing experiences in STI policy for development, and some more innovative ones to make technology an effective means of implementation of our common development agenda – nationally and globally.

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ICTs and the Health Sector: Towards Smarter Health and Wellness Models

ICTs and the Health Sector: Towards Smarter Health and Wellness Models

This report examines the challenges facing health care systems and the strategic directions for a smarter health and wellness future, from both technological and policy viewpoints. It looks at the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and discusses the research and policy options that could further the development of smarter health and wellness systems.

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Embracing the E-Commerce Revolution in Asia and the Pacific

Embracing the E-Commerce Revolution in Asia and the Pacific

The report introduces a new analytical framework to assess the level and quality of e-commerce development. The framework incorporates three key dimensions of e-commerce development: (i) economic factors and conditions, (ii) legal and institutional environment, and (iii) social acceptance and awareness. The multidimensional framework allows a systemic review of underlying conditions and factors characterizing e-commerce development to evaluate the current status, identify multifaceted development challenges, and suggest the way forward.

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How to Use Social Media to Better Engage People Affected by Crises

How to Use Social Media to Better Engage People Affected by Crises

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), with support from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), have published a brief guide on how to use social media to better engage people affected by crisis. The guide is geared towards staff in humanitarian organisations who are responsible for official social media channels.

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Science & Technology into Action

Science & Technology into Action

This publication “takes forward the 12 action points, adopted at the First Asian Science and Technology Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction as contribution to the global ‘Science and Technology Roadmap’. The publication identifies examples and good practices of implementation of these action points, identifying the role of science and technology in each. This is a unique way of bridging the gap between science and policy” introduced by Ms. Loretta Hieber Girardet, chief of UNISDR Asia and Pacific Region.

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Implementation of WSIS Action lines for eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world

Implementation of WSIS Action lines for eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world

This document focuses on the contribution of the respective Action Lines on the Theme for the High level Political Forum for this year “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”. It further seeks to encourage and promote effective multistakeholder cooperation in implementation of WSIS action lines and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each UN agency responsible for facilitating the WSIS Action lines has submitted their input to the report.

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Utilization of telecommunications/ ICTs for disaster preparedness, mitigation and response

Utilization of telecommunications/ ICTs for disaster preparedness, mitigation and response

This report focuses on the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for disaster communications management, approaches and systems available to increase redundancy and resiliency of ICTs. It provides a review and analysis of a range of technology and policy case studies presented by Administrations and organizations regarding implementation of ICTs during all disaster phases. An Emergency Communications Checklist, outlining the types of activities and expected decision points that could be considered for inclusion in a National Disaster Communications Plan, is also provided.

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DIGITALIZATION, TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT

DIGITALIZATION, TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT

The enormous scope and considerable uncertainty associated with the next digital shift call for more facts, dialogue and action by all stakeholders The analysis contained in the Information Economy Report 2017: Digitalization, Trade and Development contributes to this process and proposes ways in which the international community can reduce inequality, enable the benefits of digitalization to reach all people and ensure that no one is left behind by the evolving digital economy.

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INTERNET SOCIETY GLOBAL INTERNET REPORT

INTERNET SOCIETY GLOBAL INTERNET REPORT

In this report, the Internet Society will take a closer look at how perceived trends of consolidation in the Internet Economy – including growing forces of concentration, vertical and horizontal integration, and fewer opportunities for market entry and competition – will shape not just the ways in which the Internet is used by people around the world, but its future technical evolution in the next three to five years. It will investigate the impact of consolidation on the Internet’s fundamental properties, as well as opportunities it might bring to users. These properties include, among other things, interoperability, collaboration, flexibility, accessible, permission-less innovation, and the notion of global reach. They make the Internet, enabling people to connect, to share, and to innovate.

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Fuelling Trade in the Digital Era: Policy Roadmap for Developing Countries

Fuelling Trade in the Digital Era: Policy Roadmap for Developing Countries

This new paper takes a closer look at the regions of Eastern and Southern Africa to see the role that e-commerce can play in transforming those economies, including through trade, and in achieving development objectives.

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